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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2012, 07:44
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Makes sense to have standardized forms as all interviewers are not posing the same questions. Does anyone have details on the standardized forms? Is it like the form recommender's fill out? Also how much weightage is given to interviews?


From what I understand, alum interviews carry little weight in the final decision. I have spoken to alumni (of different b-schools) who claimed they gave negative feedback to candidates who were subsequently admitted, and on the other hand, some of the candidates they really liked were denied admission.

The interview reports posted here suggest that candidates are going through varied experiences during the interview. I think someone here mentioned that the interviewer was having an omelette while he was interviewing! Clearly some interviewers do not care much for this process, and others are taking it a little too personally (to determine that elusive quality called 'fit'). I am sure the Booth Adcom will take proper measures to 'normalise' all interview reports.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2012, 12:41
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Hi All - I am a first year Booth student who went through this brutal process last year. Happy to answer any questions or hopefully quell any fears you may have. Perusing this forum definitely brings back some not so pleasant memories. A few things I wish I had heard before I went through this process:
1) Ignore any status indicator on your application. It is meaningless. If Booth needs more info or something doesn't come through, they will contact you, so stop worrying
2) The time at which you hear about getting an interview is meaningless. It is entirely random. Do not read into it one way or the other
3) The waitlist is a good place to be. Lots of my fellow classmates admitted off the waitlist
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Hi General,

In your opinion, what kinds of applicants would not fit at Booth?

Fit is a weird thing that I don't entirely buy into. Booth, like any b-school, is a diverse place with lots of people from different backgrounds and different personalities. I don't think there is a "Booth type" person and I don't think the culture here (if there is one definable 'culture') is narrow enough that people would feel like they don't belong. All that said, there are types of people that, if I were interviewing, I would probably think twice about. This largely overlaps with the types of people I just don't see very often here at Booth and is really limited to people who are cocky, arrogant, overly competitive, etc.

I will also note that Booth, the students, and the admissions committees and fellows are all well aware of Booth's reputation as a bit of an introverted nerdy school. I have not found this to be the case at all, but people are aware of the reputation, and so they do take steps to address it in admissions. This means that interviewers are really looking for people who are normal, can carry a conversation, have interests outside of work and academics, and seem relatively social.
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Re: Chicago (Booth) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2012, 00:21
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Less than a week... Our dream can become reality and change our lives.
This waiting time is really stressing me out.
I wish good luck to all of you, I really hope next year we will be classmates and we will laugh together about this stressful time!
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At what point are scholarships and fellowships discussed?...I was digging through last year's blog and found that some people were notified during their admission call, but perhaps some were notified much later. Is there a system to timing or is it totally random?

Merit scholarships up to 30K/year are announced up front when admissions calls you. Then right before the R2 deposit deadline (about a week prior), fellowship decisions are announced. Some fellowships require an application, others do not. There are fellowships for many different purposes so not everyone will qualify for each one. The details of each fellowship are on the Admitted Students Portal.
People who received a merit scholarship up front are still considered for fellowships of equal or greater value. I have a friend who was awarded a merit scholarship at admission, which was replaced in the spring with a higher value named fellowship. Some people who were not awarded merit scholarships when admitted also received fellowships later.
So if you get in and the adcom doesn't mention a merit scholarship on the call that is not your only shot at receiving some money. Hope this helps.
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European applicant. Got a call at 11:30am CST. Thrilled!
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I GOT IN!!! Received the call around 12 noon CST. I'm in Texas. So extremely happy. I reapplied after 2 years and was denied at every other school this year. Congrats to all other admits!
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I'm INNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After 2 years, I finally got through!! Really excited and now deciding b/w Kellogg and Booth!

Yaaayy!!! So happy for you. Allow me to make this decision really easy for you. You're coming to Booth. See you at admit weekend.
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Oh my gosh! I am in! So happy!! Scholarship beyond anything I could have hoped for! Feel so lucky and blessed!! Congrats to everyone, and for those of you still waiting - keep your head up. I got my call at 1PM and I'm in the midwest.

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! So happy for you! Congratulations! The scholarship just makes it sweeter. See you at admit weekend.
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I told myself once I got the call I would be productive at work.

FAIL. I'm less productive than before.
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Just got the call. I am in!!

I live in Texas. But I don't think it's geographic. It appears to be random.
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I'm in!!!! got the call 15 min ago
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Retake GMAT after being admitted in hopes of scholarship? This might be ridiculous, does anyone know anything about this? I got in round 1, and now I'm starting to take a hard look at those $50,000 tuition payments (makes each time I held off on the guac at chipotle a little less meaningful). I'd say the weakest part of my app was my GMAT (720 with sub-70 percentile quant and very high verbal). Would bringing up this score make me a viable scholarship candidate or is this foolish? Thanks guys!


foolish. i'm pretty sure it wouldnt help and very sure you could use your time more effectively. 1st - have you called the admissions office to raise your concerns? Especially if you have a scholarship from another school. 2nd - spend your time applying to scholarships - financial aid office can probably help plus there are a bunch online. The admitted student website has info about this. I think that would be a much more productive use of your time :)
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Waiting for the interview invites is a pain :(


At least they give a date certain for the notification. In my opinion it makes it much more bearable than "we start issuing invites the day after applications are due and continue all the way up until the admission decision deadline". With Booth you submit and don't need to worry about what may or may not hit your inbox until the 13th. On the 13th if you were going to be denied without interview they stop your suffering early.
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Retake GMAT after being admitted in hopes of scholarship? This might be ridiculous, does anyone know anything about this? I got in round 1, and now I'm starting to take a hard look at those $50,000 tuition payments (makes each time I held off on the guac at chipotle a little less meaningful). I'd say the weakest part of my app was my GMAT (720 with sub-70 percentile quant and very high verbal). Would bringing up this score make me a viable scholarship candidate or is this foolish? Thanks guys!

Waste of time. GMAT score is small factor for fellowship consideration. Plus consideration for fellowships is the application you submitted for admission and possibly an additional essay (if required). Not everyone qualifies for every available award. I would talk to financial aid about your concerns and see if there are any fellowships they feel you should apply for. But I don't think retaking the GMAT will have any bearing on the money you could get from Booth.
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I have lived in the shadow of the Gleacher Center (where booth is), for years. I live one block away. I applied, finally, 2nd round. Since yesterday, i heard back from UMichigan Ross (interview invite, yay!), and in order to improve my chances of an interview invite from Booth, i doing the obvious thing: I'm mounting a vigil at the Gleacher Center until Feb 13! Today, two hours, of dancing, ah..., talking with the janitors, in -13 degrees Celsius temperatures, was a success!! I will mount the vigil every night 12am-2am, until the R2 invites are sent... yeah yeah....laugh at me, but when i get my interview invite and and....

Gleacher Center, all of downtown Chicago, former Indian burial grounds. So, giving peace offerings, dancing to indiana songs, praying, fitting in order to change that 'deny' into an 'interview invite'. Watch this place...

Indian dance, chanting seems to have worked!! Thank God.
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Got the invite! Can anyone share what percentage of applicants are interviewed and what percentage of interviewees are admitted? Apologies if this has been asked before!
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Got the invite! Can anyone share what percentage of applicants are interviewed and what percentage of interviewees are admitted? Apologies if this has been asked before!

i was going to ask the same question. i hvnt seen the answer, on this thread at least. someone implied that 50% of invites get in? they said that of the 10 people who apply for each seat (500 seats?), 4 people are given invites, and of those, 2 are admitted.

anyway, i wld really like to know the numbers so i can understand and prepare to finish the last phase.

Honestly, I don't think knowing this number matters. MBA admissions isn't like a job interview. It's not as though everyone is on the same footing and those who nail the interview get in and those who don't get denied. There's no way for you to know where you stand in comparison to other applicants. You prepare for the interview the same way no matter what. There is a sticky thread in this forum about interview prep. It's really good and thorough. It was my guid for interview prep last year. Do the best you can in the interview and the chips will fall where they will. Best of luck.
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on-campus or off-campus interview??..I am torn

You're like my left-coast brother! I'm debating the exact same thing. I've never been to Chicago in my life, so I'm thinking about making a weekend out of it (assuming I can get the time off I would need).


This is a pretty common internal debate and I have seen two pretty consisent opinions on the matter.
1) It absolutely positively does not matter on-campus or off-campus. At the end of the day, you could end up with an interviewer you don't "click" with anywhere.
2) (This is from what I read on Poets & Quants a while ago about HBS interviews, but I considered this opinion when I was deciding about my Booth interview) Off-campus interviewers/alums, are less likely to interview a large number of candidates. Since they don't have much to compare you to, their perspective might be skewed a little bit. Keep in mind this could be in your favor, or perhaps it could be detrimental. On-campus interviewers, however, are more likely to interview a good number of candidates which would probably result in a "normalized" opinion of you.

EDIT: Source: http://poetsandquants.com/2012/10/17/how-not-to-blow-your-harvard-interview-2/4/
"Sandy, what’s the best kind of interviewer an applicant can have?
If you can help it, you’ll always be better off with an interviewer with a lot of experience because they are less likely to make oddball judgments. You want a normative interviewer, someone who knows the standards and who has been through it a million times. Alumni often have a chip on their shoulders. They may have issues with the school that can get projected in the interview. They may want to use you to deliver a message to the school, or they could have a prejudice against people who are in Teach For America or other non-profits. That happens a lot. And some alumni interviews can go on for more than an hour. They’re just so much more unpredictable."



Ulitmately, I decided to do an on-campus interview because it worked for my schedule. I would not worry about whether you are doing an on or off campus, just choose whatever is best for you. If you have not visited campus, your interview would be a great time to visit.

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Got so excited when I saw that there were weekend time slots on-campus! Meant no more sheepish request for another day off or paranoia about my Booth alum boss finding out one way or another :p

Now I just hope this second visit won't break bank. How much would you price line a semi-decent hotel in Chicago? Spent ~320 last visit on 2 night + flight, hope to go lower this time and probably only staying for one night. Need to save money for a potential third visit! :)


If you want a cheap, no-frills option and don't care about getting the downtown experience, there's the International House on campus. A dorm-style room is $65/night, and the place is like 2 blocks from Booth's Hyde Park building.

Edit: If you have higher standards than I do, the "actual hotel"-style rooms there are also reasonably priced.
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